Imaginary
Friends

"Imaginary Friends" is the name of my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts group; over the course of my final year in school, a group of 11 gifted artists were selected to participate in a competitive 5th year program in Portland, in which we prepared a final thesis project to be shown in a group exhibition at the end of the program. Throughout the year, the group worked on our individual thesis projects, as well as cultivating an identity for the entire group program. While most of the group work was collaborative, each of the members, including myself, were tasked with designing and taking creative control over certain projects and pieces that were integral in the marketing and curation of our group's identity, branding, and final exhibition showing that was the culmination of the academic year of detailed digital arts studies. Being a part of the Imaginary Friends team was a collaborative experience like no other; spending every day for 9 months with a group of very unique, different, and talented individuals who were all aiming for a similar goal was immeasurably valuable in understanding what it is like to work as a team, and to find and hone our abilities as both artists/designers, and as individuals to navigate the industry we love.

Group Mission Statement: "An imaginary friend is a blessing and a curse. They won’t let you sleep until you find just the right shade between grey and pink. They wake you up in the middle of the night to jot down a dream. They hint that you’re not good enough, that your work is shit, that your ideas are boring. But mostly they keep you company during longs nights in the studio, smack you suddenly with new ideas like a punch in the face.

 

We are Imaginary Friends, a collective of artists working to capture the inspiring, elusive and creative genius within each of us"

 

I had the honor and opportunity to design and compile the final catalog for our BFA class, including work from all the members of our 'Imaginary Friends' team, as well as the design and construction of a few collaboration 'zines' by the whole group. 

© 2018 by Jalen Miller